Colombia’s Defense Minister met with the director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Tuesday in order to begin the implementation process of a security agreement signed in the summer of 2013.
The Bogota meeting between Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and NATO director Stephen Smith, “gave start to a process of certification of procedures and measures of security information,” said a Defense Ministry statement released late Tuesday.
The agreement between Colombia and the 28 members of this alliance was signed June 25 2013 and focused on information sharing.
The deal “will allow the exchange of classified information between the [NATO] Alliance and Colombia” and which will serve as “precursor to any possible future cooperation with Colombia which member states will develop through the organization,” anonymous NATO sources in Brussels told Spanish news agency EFE last June.
During Smith’s visit to Colombia, the NATO director also met with the Commander General of the Armed Forces, the Vice Minister of Defense for Politics and International Themes, and the heads of the Intelligence for the Armed Forces, according to the Defense Ministry’s press publication.
Designated as a NATO “Global Partner,” Colombia is the first and only Latin America country at this time to cooperate with NATO.
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